Barks Remarks is a podcast exploring the adventure stories of Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comics legend Carl Barks, in chronological order.
My guest hosts and I discuss the stories, their cultural background, and how they hold up today.
46 - the Fabulous Philosopher's Stone
Guest Host: Dan Cunningham
The stone that turns all metals to gold! Join us as we discuss one of the ducks' classic treasure hunts in search of one of history's greatest treasures in this amalgam of legend and myth as the ducks' traverse the Mediterranean and Middle East in search of the philosopher's stone, eventually stumbling into the Labyrinth of Greek mythology. My guest and I discuss the story's mythological origins, the history of the philosopher's stone, and the special attention to detail Barks paid in this one.
Ten-Page Podcast: Omelet (1952)
Guest Host: John Lustig
Time to visit, albeit briefly and in disguise, the tiny town of Omelet, site of one of the greatest disasters Donald Duck ever inflicted on a town! Omelet is an utter classic, a very personal story in which Barks drew from his personal experiences raising chickens, and is the ten-pager he often mentioned as being his favorite of his short stories. Check out this special episode as I'm joined by the Disney comics writer John Lustig as we particularly focus on Barks writing and story-telling in this all-time classic.
45 - the Lemming with the Locket
Guest Hosts: Mikkel Hagen & Ruben Olsrud
Hi listeners! Ready to chase a certain rodent all the way to Norway? The podcast gets to cover Barks' Scandinavian-set adventure, "the Lemming with the Locket." My Norwegian guest hosts and I have a great conversation about Barks' depiction of Norway, misconceptions about lemming, cheeses of Europe, and much more!
44 - the Mysterious Stone Ray
Guest Host: Thad Komorowski
What's that in that bottle floating to shore? It appears to be this week's podcast, where we discuss the early Scrooge adventure "the Mysterious Stone Ray!" This is a unique adventure story, tinged with a creepy sense of mystery and a real science-fiction influence! Definitely not an episode to listen to on an empty stomach, unless you're a fan of cabbages and prunes!
Ten-Page Podcast: Truant Stories, including Truant Officer Donald (1949), Truant Nephews (1951), & Travelling Truants (1954)
Guest Host: Patrick Block
Playing hooky, listeners? The Truant Officer will deliver you where you're supposed to be: listening to this episode! This themed episode looks at Barks' 3 stories that were all about truancy, where the nephews ditch school! "Truant Officer Donald" is probably the most famous, but don't sleep on the other two! Revisiting these three similarly-themed stories is a great way to explore how Barks was able to develop fresh plotlines over the years. And the subject of Truant Officers seems like such a weird time capsule now (though technically they still exist in the U.S.).
43 - the Seven Cities of Cibola
Guest Host: Warren Harmon
Greetings, listeners -- can we interest you in a new business venture, that is, finding arrowheads in the desert? How about a new podcast episode? "The Seven Cities of Cibola," holds a special place as Barks' first "real" treasure hunt with Scrooge. Listen as my host and I discuss the story's semi-realistic inspiration, Barks' shiftless Beagle Boys, and some of the overused tropes Barks used in this otherwise delightful story.